Qatar Museums (QM) and Qatar University (QU) Press have released a book titled 'Al Zubarah: Qatar’s World Heritage City' in Arabic and English, as part of their participation in the 31st Doha International Book Fair (DIBF).
The book deals with the historical, social and economic background of Al Zubarah archaeological site, and the challenges of its preservation and maintenance.
The book cover
It also details the steps taken to add Al Zubarah to the Unesco World Heritage List.
A discussion session at the main theatre of the Doha International Book Fair was allocated to talk about the book, moderated by Professor Mohamed Hammam Fikri, Heritage and Rare Books adviser in Qatar Foundation (QF)’s Cultural Adviser Office.
The session featured the participation of Faisal Abdullah al-Nuaimi, director of the Antiquities Department at Qatar Museums; Dr Fatima Hassan al-Sulaiti, head of the International Co-operation Department at Qatar Museums; and the plastic artist Fahad al-Maadeed, who drew the cover of the book.
The book, comprising 248 large-sized pages, is divided into three sections and 12 chapters.
The first chapter covers the historical, social and economic background of Al Zubarah.
It talks about the environment that the people of that era lived in and interacted with.
The first section tackles the recent discoveries that have been made at the archaeological site, and the area’s archaeological survey, which showed that it has been known and inhabited since the fifth millennium BCE until modern times.
The second section talks about preserving and maintaining the site in accordance with Unesco directives, and strategies for studying and preserving the Al Zubarah Fort as an icon of Qatari heritage.
The third section deals with promoting and managing the site, the details of adding it to the Unesco World Heritage List, and Al Zubarah visitors' guide offered by establishing an interactive centre inside the fort as part of an educational programme to raise heritage awareness.